he American Association of Suicidology (AAS)/American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)/ Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Healing After Suicide Conference will take place all day on Saturday, April 2nd. The theme for the conference is A Place for Everyone for Hope and Healing. Saturday's program will begin with a presentation by Sheila Hamilton, Emmy Award-Winning Broadcaster, Author, and Suicide Awareness Advocate, followed by a loss survivor panel presentation. The rest of the day includes sharing/educational sessions in the morning followed by a luncheon, with concurrent workshops and a closing ceremony in the afternoon.
Designed for survivors of suicide loss, support group facilitators, mental health professionals, and interested others, the purpose of the Healing After Suicide Loss Conference is to:
- Provide loss survivors with educational tools and resources to help with their individual journeys of healing and to transform their experience into action
- Assist mental health professionals and other caregivers in understanding the needs of loss survivors
- Provide assistance to facilitator of survivor support groups